SOURCE: Mission Foods, Inc.

November 29, 2010 08:00 ET

Seasonal Small Bites

MISSION, KS--(Marketwire - November 29, 2010) - (Family Features) When you're making your holiday lists and checking them twice, make sure they include some crowd-pleasing recipes that are flavorful and easy to prepare.

Before you go shopping for a long list of ingredients, though, check to see what you already have on hand. By bringing basic ingredients together in new ways, you can create a platter full of bite-sized treats without spending much at all.

These pinwheel recipes combine ingredients like stuffing and turkey with another budget-friendly staple -- Mission® Flour Tortillas. The pinwheels are not only a filling treat, they're versatile, too. Fill them with sweet or savory ingredients and you have an easy meal for the family or festive finger foods for holiday parties.

For more quick and easy holiday recipe ideas, visit www.MissionMenus.com.

Turkey and Cranberry Pinwheels  
Serves: 10 (4 pinwheels per serving)  
Prep time: 15 minutes  
Cook time: 10 minutes  
   
5 Mission Medium/Soft Taco Flour Tortillas
1 1/2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
10 ounces thin deli sliced turkey breast
1 cup sundried cranberries
1 6-ounce box cornbread stuffing mix, prepared according to package instructions

Preheat oven to 350°F.

Lay tortillas on a flat work surface. Brush each side evenly with 1/2 teaspoon melted butter. Evenly distribute turkey breast in single layer over buttered tortillas. Sprinkle each evenly with 3 tablespoons cranberries, then crumble 1/2 cup prepared cornbread stuffing evenly over each.

Begin at the bottom and roll forward into a cylinder; place on baking sheet, seam side down, and bake 10 minutes or warmed through.

Remove from oven, let cool slightly before slicing each into 8 equal pinwheels; serve warm.

Hints:

  • For best results, use a serrated knife to slice pinwheels. 
  • Shingle pinwheels on a serving platter and garnish with fresh sage sprigs or sweet gherkin pickles. 
  • Heat serving platter in a low oven prior to plating to help keep pinwheels warm.
Mediterranean Hummus Pinwheels  
Serves: 10 (4 pinwheels per serving)  
Prep time: 10 minutes + 2 hours refrigerated time  
   
5 Mission Medium/Soft Taco Flour Tortillas
2 7-ounce packages prepared roasted garlic hummus
1 2 1/2-ounce package sundried tomatoes, finely diced
1 2 1/2-ounce package pine nuts, toasted
1 1/4 cups fresh baby spinach leaves

Lay tortillas on a flat work surface. Spread each evenly with 1/3 cup hummus. Sprinkle each evenly with 2 tablespoons sundried tomatoes and 1 tablespoon pine nuts. Top each evenly with 1/4 cup baby spinach in single layer.

Begin at the bottom and roll forward into a cylinder, cover, and refrigerate for 2 hours.

Remove from refrigerator, slice each into 8 equal pinwheels, and serve.

Hints:

  • For serving, place pinwheels on a bed of fresh baby spinach and sprinkle with more toasted pine nuts. 
  • Substitute plain hummus or your favorite flavor. 
  • For more zesty flavor, use baby arugula in place of baby spinach.
Chocolate-dipped and Candy-coated Pinwheels  
Serves: 10 (4 pinwheels per serving)  
Prep time: 30 minutes + 2 1/2 hours set time  
Cook time: 5 minutes  
   
5 Mission Medium/Soft Taco Flour Tortillas
1 11-ounce package caramel baking bits, melted according to package
1 8-ounce package peanut brittle, finely chopped
1 12-ounce package semi-sweet chocolate chips, melted according to package

Lay tortillas on a flat work surface. Spread each evenly with 3 tablespoons warm melted caramel. Sprinkle each evenly with 3 tablespoons chopped peanut brittle, and drizzle each evenly with 2 tablespoons warm melted chocolate.

Begin at the bottom and roll forward into a cylinder, cover, and let sit at room temperature for 2 hours.

Slice each into 8 equal pinwheels. Half-dip each pinwheel in melted chocolate as needed. Dredge or sprinkle with more chopped peanut brittle. Allow chocolate to set at room temperature before serving.

Hints:

  • Place peanut brittle in food processor and pulse until finely chopped or place in heavy zip top bag and crush with a rolling pin or mallet. 
  • Substitute glazed or spiced nuts for peanut brittle, if desired. 
  • Chocolate dip the pinwheels in various ways to add variation and visual interest.

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